October 13, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Noiseless Electric vehicles are noiseless – & that’s a problem.  A Vehicle Sound for Pedestrians (VSP) is needed so we step out of the way.  EU & US rules require new electric cars to emit an audible sound at <18.6 mph.  At higher speeds, the car’s low-pitched whistle (from cutting through the air) & tyre-on-road…

October 11, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Resistance Resistance to giving up cars is due to strong emotional attachment.  Even at purchase, how the vehicle reflects our personality/ status overrides lifestyle considerations & budget limits.  Many people talk to their vehicles & say they’ve had life’s most memorable moments in them.  So marketers & advertisers gear up the emotional ties, & car…

October 9, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Unclog What unclogs congestion? Local & national drives to re-move vehicles.  Improve public transport + reduce demand (telework, adjust work hours) + smarter road use =  better quality of life, national productivity & global competitiveness.  Traffic calming – one way won’t work everywhere.  Start moving Guessed the Word?           Series 49 (1/7) …

October 7, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Gridlock Traffic gridlock in Europe & USA will hit £238bn ($293bn, €267bn) a year by 2030, up 50% from 2013.  Costs are direct (fuel, time lost from work) & indirect (higher freight & business fees to cover idle time stuck in traffic).  UK will see the biggest increase – up 61% to £27bn ($33bn, €30bn).  Then…

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October 4, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Car Move on!  Stalled sales signal that we’re past peak car.  2018 worldwide car sales 94.2m, down 1m on 2017.  Youngsters are turning away from the killer transportation app of the 20th c.  UK: driving tests per year by 17 year-olds are down 28% in 10 years.  USA: only 26% of 16 year olds got…

October 1, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Guess the Word  and Contact Us for Prizes!  Series 49 starts soon….. 1st letter of each Post Title (in a Series) spells a business word – spelt correctly or jumbled up.  Previous answers: Series 48  spelt  T-I-C-K-S-L-O-P-E-S   (STOCKPILES) Series 47  spelt  F-L-A-Y-Q-U-I   (QUALIFY) Series 46  spelt  E-L-V-Y   (LEVY) Series 45  spelt  H-A-R-D-A-Z   (HAZARD) Series 44  spelt …

September 30, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Space wars Spent satellites, or bits of them, are heading into space wars. 7,500+ satellites in orbit already, with >1,500 actively sending us data.  The ‘big enough sky for no collisions’ assumption no longer holds.  How will so many co-exist, zipping around Earth @ 17,500 mph while navigating a minefield of flotsam?  It’s getting crowded…

September 27, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Empire Sovereignty – what does a powerful empire look like now?  It’s got many people in its grasp.  It collects & stores data about its subjects, to use for its own gain.  It tracks their activity & location to target them with ‘information’.  It cites privacy/ security as reasons for changes which benefit the emperor. …

September 25, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Posturing Politicians posturing isn’t new – in 41BC, Cleopatra used a golden barge with purple sails to get Mark Antony’s attention.  Politics is part show business.  But it’s workers & owners who keep the real show on the road.  “Must do, should do, could do & won’t do” helps avoid distraction by political melodrama.  There’s no…

September 23, 2019 admin123@ No comments exist

Over-program “Don’t just book it, Thomas Cook it” worked when travellers over-programmed & wanted to know what they were going to do in advance.  Since 1841, the world’s oldest travel firm offered such tours, but didn’t adapt enough for what’s wanted now – unexpected experiences & adventures.  In an online world, 563 shops and £1.7bn ($2.1bn)…